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Turkey Goes Looking for Energy in Contested Mediterranean

  • First deep-sea drilling ship may stoke tensions with Greece
  • Ankara warns Greece not to extend maritime borders in Aegean
The Fatih on Oct. 30, 2018.
The Fatih on Oct. 30, 2018.Photographer: Firat Kozok/Bloomberg
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Turkey’s first deep-sea drilling ship, flanked by Turkish war vessels, set sail Tuesday looking for natural gas and oil in contested waters of the Mediterranean, a launch liable to exacerbate longstanding tensions with Greece.

The Fatih, named after the conqueror of Constantinople, or modern-day Istanbul, will operate some 60 nautical miles off the Turkish coast in or around the disputed area. The Eastern Mediterranean has become a gas hot spot with big finds for Cyprus, Israel and Egypt in recent years.